All distances quoted are in kilometres. 1 kilometer = 0.62 miles.
It will always take a little time gathering the troops and sorting out payment issues. Therefore we take the
quoted meeting time very seriously. Hansen's Hikes would rather that everybody arrives a little early and
then start the hike ahead of schdule than wait for any late-comers.
Most of our hikes start from a subway (MTR) station, a bus terminal or a ferry pier. Full meeting details
including a small sketch will be forwarded with the confirmation of your reservation. This confirmation will
also contain the mobile phone number of your guide, just in case...
However, we can also arrange to pick you up from anywhere in Hong Kong, be that a hotel, hostel, private
home or even the airport. The only extra cost involved would be any supplementary transport expenses.
Finishing Time & Place
Unless otherwise mentioned or arranged en route, all hikes end where they began. For you to be able to
plan your day, we have tried very hard to be as accurate as possible when calculating the return time.
However, depending on the composition and interests of the group, the return time can vary a little.
Time Spent on Trail
The time quoted is the actual time spent on the trail including breaks, but excluding time spent on
transportation to and from the trail.
All hikes can be done in good training shoes/sneakers. It is our experience that hiking boots generally are
comfortable only on walks taking place from December through March.
On all hikes you will need to carry sunscreen, hat/cap and insect repellent. You might also consider bringing
a shirt or a full change of clothes, especially on hikes offering the opportunity for a swim. The very efficient
air-conditioning on Hong Kong busses does not go well with wet clothes.
Finally, but most importantly, you must bring lots of water. The high humidity in Hong Kong does accentuate
the risk of dehydration, so we recommend at least 1.5 litres per person. On most walks it will be possible to
purchase more along the route.
At Hansen's Hikes, we rate our hikes on a 1 to 10 scale, 1 being the easiest and 10 the most difficult hike.
Hikes rated 1, 2 or 3 are categorized as being “easy”
“Easy” = relaxed walking, usually along the flat or with a few low hills involved. Suitable for inexperienced
Hikes rated 4, 5 or 6 are categorized as being “moderate”
“Moderate” = More challenging hike, and usually longer, but still within the endurance and capability of most
walkers. Would rarely involve hills over 400 metres.
Hikes rated 7 or 8 are categorized as being “difficult”
Hikes rated 9 or 10 are categorized as being “strenuous”
“Difficult” and “Strenuous” = Requires endurance and not suitable for walkers who have difficulties in high
places. A hike might be rated 7, 8, 9, or 10 because of its length and/or because it involves elevations over
400 metres and/or tough walking. Not recommended for novice hikers.
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